Abstract: Analysis is limited by the information provided; the greater the detail, the closer to reality is the result. However, collecting data is time consuming and expensive, and much of it has to be re-formatted to be of use to the project control analyst. With advance planning and use of everyday software tools, an analyst can collect and organize data to serve a variety of uses, without interrupting the original users of the underlying project documents. This paper presents a hypothetical project and provides guidelines to planning and implementing automated data collection by using readily available spreadsheet and database programs. Steps include planning, tool development, data collection, and data analysis. Benefits include time savings, cost effectiveness, increased data accuracy and consistency, and added flexibility.
Abstract: To combat growing regional traffic congestion, residents of Los Angeles County voted to approve Measure R, a sales tax initiative that commits $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades over the next 30 years. Because of the program’s size and accountability to the public, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) decided to implement an enterprise-wide web-based program management information system, inclusive of capital planning and staffing analysis.
Having completed the implementation of the system, LA Metro, DRMcNatty, and EcoSys look at recommended practices and key success factors that enable the organization to deliver on its promises to its constituency including: budget, schedule, cost, resource, and commitment systems integration; efficiencies achieved in reporting; and visibility into overall program performance.